Below are resources that you may find helpful in implementing concepts found on this website. There are also extensive links to other websites that focus on the world's rainforests.

Constructivist Classrooms

Meaningful Engaged Learning, North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. This short article outlines the elements of what constitutes engaged learning.

New Times Demand New Ways of Learning, North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. This article is similar to the above ariticle but includes a rubric for elements of engaged learning as well as one for indicators of high technology performance in a school environment.

Project Zero, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education. "Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels."

George Lucas Educational Foundation, "The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) grows out of filmmaker George Lucas's commitment to education and to a vision of learning where students are challenged and engaged, have access to interactive technologies, and are supported by inspired teachers and involved parents and communities."

From Now On, The Educational Technology Journal. Jamie McKenzie."Educational Technology enabling students to make up their own minds."

The Buck Institute for Education, Resources for teachers on project-based learning. Find out what it is and how to use it in your classroom.

Autodesk Foundation - PBL Network Find out how to work with other classrooms and educators using project-based learning in the classroom. Every year they sponsor a project-based learning conference in San Francisco, CA.
Steps in Building a Unit of Study Step by step procedure for designing a unit in your classroom arranged around essential questions.

Breaking Ranks: Changing an American Institution. National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1996. This report takes a look at how high schools are currently organized today and advocates for major changes.

Understanding by Design. Wiggins, Grant and Jay McTighe. Alexandria, Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1998. There is a companion website with examples of units and a template for unit design.

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Assessing Student Learning

A Teacher's Guide To Performance-Based Learning and Assessment. Hibbord, Michael, et al. Alexandria, Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1996.

Understanding Rubrics. Heidi Goodrich, Educational Leadership, December, 1996-January, 1997, Vol. 54 No.4, page 14-17.

Designing Authentic Assessments. Grant Wiggins, Educational Leadership, December, 1996-January, 1997, Vol. 54 No.4, page 18-25.

The Link Between Technology and Authentic Learning. Barbara Means and Kerry Olsen, Educational Leadership, April,1994.

Student Learning, Technology, and Assessment. Harry Tuttle, Connections, 1998, Vol. 14 No. 3.

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Curriculum Resources

Awash in a Sea of Standards, Robert J. Marzano and John S. Kendall

Developing Educational Standards from Putnam Valley, NY Central Schools.

Educational Standards from the Mid-continent Regional, Educational Laboratory (McREL).

Awesome Library for Curriculum Links

National Administration of Archives and Records, The National Administration of Archives and Records is in the process of digitizing primary source documents and posting them to their website for classroom use.

Library of Congress, The Library of Congress is in the process of posting many of their original collections to the website for public access.

California SCORE, "Connecting California Classrooms to the Web". Schools of California Online Resources for Education. A great resource for curriculum ideas and lesson plans.

Classroom Connect, These are the folks responsible for MayaQuest, AfricaQuest, and Galapogos Quest. There are wonderful lesson plans and resources on their site.

Blue Web'n Learning Sites Library

TeachersFirst - Classroom Resources & Lesson Plans for K-12 Teachers Clearinghouse of educational websites and teacher resources. Check out the Featured Sites, Content Matrix, and Hot Topics.

Curriculum Home Page Resource to finding on-line projects organized by grade level. Offers projects for grades 3 to 12.

Global SchoolNet Foundation Find on-line projects or create your own and add it to the database.

I*EARN Find on-line colaborative projects. Membership give you access to thousands of classrooms world-wide.

United Nations Cyberschoolbus A collection of resources produced by the United Nations desigened to teach students about the world outside the United States.

Uncle Sam for Kids Fantastic site for classroom resources and student links.

The Education Source - The Top 100 Educational Web Sites of 1999 The top websites for 1999.

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Technology Standards for Students and Teachers

National Technology Standards for Students, International Society for Technology in Education

National Standards for Technology in Teacher Preparation, International Society for Technology in Education

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Research in Educational Technology

Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow, ACOT Research Library. Apple Computer, Inc. has been conducting research in the area of how technology impacts learning and teaching. You can read their findings on this site.

What Does Research Say About Technology's Impact on Education?, Technology and Learning Online. Read interviews with many of today's leaders in educational technology.

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Organizations and Institutes for Teachers

International Society for Technology in Education, (ISTE)

Computer Using Educators, (CUE)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, (ASCD)

The Thornburg Center, David Thornburg

Educational Renaissance Planners, Alan November

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Useful Sites for Further Rainforest Research & Exploration



General Rainforests Information


People of the Rainforests, Medicinal Qualities of Rainforest Plants, Information on Plants and Animals of the Rainforest

Rainforest Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans - for Teachers


Rainforest Image Database - Searchable

Student Projects on the Rainforest

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Science in General

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Using the Internet


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